Diane I have been off line for a while. Sorry, still need any answers? I am about to post a new thread. My first Smart car was totaled on October 4. We have nothing to fear in our little cars. I still live in Fairfax.
Here is the pick of the Powered by Pixie Dust decal. The tinks picture didn't come out well so I'll have to take it over again. But this is the one on the back. I love it and it suits my baby to a "t"!
Thanks Diane! I really am glad I held out for my reserved car and didn't bother with an orphan. My salesperson was great and didn't really even call to tempt me with anything else. Even though I'm sure she could have made more money all around on the orphan itself and then when mine finally came it too. Oh - btw, I am getting a Tinkerbell decal for mine (noticed yours was named TINK) It will say "powered by pixie dust". Thanks for the note of congratulations - and if (as an experienced user) you have any tips, please let me know. I'm still getting a feel for her. Thanks!
Enojying my new baby is an understatement. When folks ask mme if i like the car, i tell them "NO i don't like the Smart, I LOVE IT!!" That is the honest truth too. I never had a car that did the honors of putting the joy back in driving, and this car does that and so much more. I only waited about three months which is really by the grace of god, especailly since my orphan did not come tacked on with a ton of extras.Just the pure you see in my avatar with the options i really wanted and even the color i originally asked for in the inital order. I was not sure about the sliver, but after looking at the car, that was an issue for only a few seconds. Great to see you are enjoying "Tink" and hope to see ya the next meet and greet.
Diane, you asked about the arrows coming on too early. Absolpositutely they do!
The smart seems to want to shft early even in automatic and have the engine at its lowest rpms based on the shift up arrow indicators you mentioned. I wish I had a tachometer in my smart but I don't so like you, I shift when it sounds right.
I like the manual mode in light traffic and 35-45 mph conditions because to me the smart is always shifting too early and straining the motor at low rpms.
Hey Diane, you asked about the manual shifting. It's very straight forward. When you pull the shifter into "D", you will notice a +/- to the left. If you then pull the shifter over to the left it will click into place. You are now in manual shift mode. To shift up, as in go from 1st to 2nd, you can either use the stick itself or the paddles behind the wheel at 9 & 3 o'clock positions. If using the stick, pushing it forward and releasing it ONE TIME makes the gears go up, If using the paddles, pulling the right paddle will make it shift up. To downshift on the stick, pull the shifter back and release. Its really a very natural movement and it's not complicated. To downshift with the paddles, pull the LEFT paddle back once. So right paddle to shift up, left paddle shift down. Push the stick to shift up, pull the stick to shift down. In both cases, the stick must be pulled toward the driver and the +/- light illuminated indicating you're in manual.
Additionally, there is a an arrow on the speedo/gauge cluster that appears by the gear number when its time to shift up. As an added bonus, if you forget to downshift when you come to a stop, the car does it for you! So remember to shift again as you pull away.
A tip: Tap the shift a second or two BEFORE you want the gears to shift. It's a little clunky and slow to shift so it takes some getting used to.
I know you have some hilly areas in Northern VA and you'll find that using the manual mode helps keep the engine from lugging - or trying to move when the rpms are too low making it vibrate and rumble and strain. I keep mine in 3rd in city traffic to prevent the automatic upshift to 4th & 5th gears which can make the engine sluggish when you're going 25-35ish.